Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton, Secretary Geithner Hold Q&A With Journalists

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 25, 2010

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On May 25, 2010, Secretary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner responded to questions from journalists. Secretary Clinton commented on the international response to North Korea over the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel. The Secretary said:

"[L]et me start by saying that we had very productive and detailed discussions about North Korea starting on Sunday night and going through today. The Chinese understand the gravity of this situation. And Premier Wen will be traveling to the Republic of Korea on Friday to consult with President Lee. Both Premier Wen and President Hu Jintao expressed their deep regrets over the loss of life that came from this incident, the sinking of the Cheonan naval vessel. We pledged to stay in very close consultation. I told them I was going to South Korea tomorrow for consultations with both President Lee and Foreign Minster Yu. And we will be reporting to the Chinese the results of our consultations and then we will be discussing with them the results of Premier Wen's visit on Friday.

"We expect to be working together with China in responding to North Korea's provocative action, and promoting stability in the region. I think it is absolutely clear that China not only values but is very committed to regional stability, and it shares with us the goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula and a period of careful consideration in order to determine the best way forward in dealing with North Korea as a result of this latest incident.

"I believe that President Lee has conducted himself in a very statesmanlike manner and he has put forth very prudent measures that he hopes the international community will pursue. And I look forward to consulting with both the Republic of Korea and China in the days ahead."

Read the transcript of the Q&A with Secretary Clinton and Secretary Geithner here.

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